I love vivid colors, both in nature and in architecture. While the great cities of the world usually awe us with their amazing edifices (and just an occasional splash of color), the smaller towns are more likely to be called pretty because of the hues in their palette. And I adore pretty towns.
It was easy for me to fall in love with Bosa.
This is an approach view from the main south road into the town. I don’t know about all of Sardinia, but of the perspectives I’ve seen, this is hands down one of the most stunning.
The narrow streets of the historic center of Bosa surround you with that abundance of color.
Bosa is a member of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy association, and I doubt that even a handful of the other members can claim to be as colorful.
Although other villages in Sardinia are better known for their murals (we will see them on these pages eventually), you can find an occasional mural in Bosa as well.
Cats are everywhere – and not only in Bosa, everywhere in Sardinia. I am acknowledging this phenomenon with a single feline portrait.
The next perspective is the view from the terrace of our rented upper-floor apartment in the very center of Bosa, taking in the main historic bridge over the river Temo and the church of San Pietro Extra Muros in the distance.
The aforementioned 11th-centure Romanesque church is one of the top points of interest in Bosa, a relatively spartan historic place of worship with a few surviving features dating all the way back to the 5th century.
The Bosa Cathedral was undergoing significant renovation during our visit, as it has been many times in its long history. The current Baroque interior is almost entirely the result of the work executed in the 19th century.
The third major point of interest in Bosa is the castle, which is seen in the opening shot and also appears in a few pictures below. Its main attraction is reputedly in the sweeping views over the town below and towards the sea. We ended up being content with the perspectives from the viewpoints of Via Canonico Gavino Nino, above the city but below the castle.
Beyond that, there are a couple of local museums that are not without interest, but they certainly do not come close in terms of enjoyment to the exterior perspectives. So here are a few other different focal-length and angle shots.
As any river town would be, Bosa is rather enchanting after the fall of darkness.
And just because I couldn’t get enough of it, here are a few more shots of the Bosa northside quay from the opposite bank of the river.
The first town that we saw in Sardinia may have been the prettiest of them all. Which isn’t to say that other places were without charms.